Feb 9, 2018 | By Tess

Australian metal 3D printer manufacturer Aurora Labs is moving steadily ahead with the development of its Large Format Technology, which the company says could become the fastest metal 3D printer for its size.

Currently in the prototyping stage of the new metal AM system, Aurora Labs has announced a significant milestone. According to the company, it has successfully demonstrated the ability to 3D print simple parts on the prototype machine “slowly.” (The company specifies that “slowly” indicates a printing rate comparable to what is already on the market (about 3 kg/hour), which is quite a bit slower than the technology’s anticipated final print speed of up to one tonne in 24 hours.)

Still, the achievement it an exciting one for the Aussie company, as it shows the fundamental technology behind its Large Format Technology to be viable. So far, Aurora says it has 3D printed a number of simple components and structures using the metal 3D printer prototype, and has found satisfactory results in terms of part density.

In order to speed up its Large Format Technology with the ultimate goal of commercializing it through a Medium and Large Format Printer (MFP and LFP), Aurora Labs does have quite a bit of work left to do, though it seems to be on the right track.

“Reaching the ability to print simple parts slowly is the latest of our outlined steps towards the development of our Large Format Technology,” said David Budge, Managing Director of Aurora Labs. “When we talk about printing simple parts slowly, this is equivalent to the same speed of other metal 3D printers currently on the market, while printing complex parts rapidly is targeting speeds that are approximately 100 times faster than existing 3D printers.”

“We look forward to announcing the achievement of additional goals along the way as we advance the development, and ultimate commercialization, of the technology,” he added. The next step on the company’s LFT timeline is to “print simple parts rapidly” followed by “print complex parts rapidly.”

You can see videos of the prototype 3D printing technology in action here.

Last week, Aurora Labs signed an agreement with Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) to advance metal 3D printing and expand possible applications for the technology.



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